How long is it going to take to feel better from headaches?
Too often patients only commit to 5 to 10 chiropractic treatment and then they quit
As you know, chiropractic care is one of the best, if not the best, solutions available for headaches and back pain, especially if you want to do more than just treat the symptoms (like actually fix the problem!).
Some new research just came out last month that I wanted you to know about because it helps solve some of the confusion that some patients have when they receive chiropractic care.
Here’s the question that many people wonder…
“How long is it going to take to feel better? Or “How long will it take to heal the cause of my problem and not just the symptoms?” Or, “How many chiropractic adjustments will it take…”
A group of chiropractors wanted to determine the validity of claims that headaches, neck pain, and upper back pain should resolve in 6 to 12 chiropractic adjustments. They evaluated 47 different studies to see what was “usual and customary” in terms of healing time and frequency of care.
The studies conclusion was that the pain data from the 47 studies reviewed did not support the idea of restricting chiropractic care to 6-12 visits for headaches, neck pain, and upper back pain.
In fact, the data indicated a minimum of 24 visits was the average number of visits needed to document, resolve, and stabilize these conditions. [Tweet “Insurance says 6-12 visits, research might indicate 24 visits. #notjustpainrelief”]
What this tells us, among other things, is that insurance companies are not allowing you to have the care you need to heal and stabilize your health conditions. If your insurance company only gives you a few visits, then it’s up to you to make sure you get the care you need to get well.
Another benefit of this new information is it gives both us all a better idea of the amount of care needed to rehabilitate and heal headaches, neck pain, and back pain with chiropractic care. Too often patients only commit to 5 to 10 treatments and then they quit. Their thinking is, “I should be fixed by now, and I’m not. This isn’t working so I’ll quit.” [Tweet ” Too often patients only commit to 5 to 10 treatments and then they quit.”]
Sure, EVERYONE wants a “quick fix,” including me when I’m in pain, but that’s not a realistic approach to health care, and most people know it. Your body needs time to heal and there’s no way of getting around that. If you are always doing the minimum and always trying to put in the least amount of effort possible you will never feel your best and you won’t be able to restore your health to an optimum level.
And as we all get older, it’s important that we take care of ourselves on a regular basis. Don’t wait until pain shows up to take action. Take care of yourself regularly and you’ll feel better, have less pain, and you’ll be healthier overall.
Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!
Dr. Justin Trosclair DC
Serving St Martin Parish, Lafayette, Breaux Bridge, Carencro